Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Minimum Standards for Licensed Private Child-Placing Agencies [22 VAC 40 ‑ 131]
Action Adopt new standards for licensed private child-placing agencies.
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 4/1/2011
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3/31/11  8:04 pm
Commenter: Rev. Eddy Aliff, Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists

Opposition to proposed 22VAC40-131-170B

In representing the nearly 500 Independent Baptist churches of the Commonwealth, I/we stand on the Bible for our faith and for our practice in daily living. 

I/we oppose adding language which inserts "sexual orientation" in the list of "prohibiting discrimination." 

I/we would prefer the following: "The licensee shall prohibit acts of discrimination based on race, color, gender, national origin, age, or religion.".

The General Assembly has been ever vigilant to prevent protecting sexual orientation in the law and someone in your agency has sought to circumvent the General Assembly. I am highly disappointed. 

Time and again studies have shown that the best model for a child is one with a mother and father. This should be the model encouraged for adoptions. It is the model given in the Bible.

Please do not stray into areas attempting to protect "sexual orientation."

Rev. Eddy Aliff, Executive Director, Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists

CommentID: 16414